If you’re reading this you’re probably an author, or at least you want to be. I bet you have wondered how you get there.
How do you go from wanting to be a writer to being an author with your name on the cover of a book?
How do you get to wear one of those t-shirts that says “Ask Me About My Book – Published Author.” Don’t you need to know what you’re doing? Don’t you need a college education? Don’t you need a history of writing projects?
In my journey, I found that admitting and believing that I was a “real” writer was the first hurdle to overcome on this road to authorship that I unexpectedly found myself traveling on in life.
I mean, I didn’t have a fancy university diploma framed on my wall.
I was a blogger, and I’d only been doing that for several years. The rest of my life before that I wrote in journals now and then when I found it helpful. That was my experience and knowledge. The one thing I kept hearing all the time from others was that I had talent.
“You’re a good writer. You should write a book”, they said.
Though half the time I wasn’t sure I believed them. After all, what did they know?! They weren’t a professional anything anymore than I was. Even after I had two book projects in progress and a couple of blogs, getting great response, I still didn’t think of myself as a real writer.
There were a couple of things that helped me to go from this state of mind to finally saying to other people “I am a writer.” And, as of December 1st, 2014 I can finally say to others “I am a published author.”
The first thing was reading a book called “If You Can Talk You Can Write” by Joel Saltzman. I learned from this book to stop worrying about the “proper” way to say things, or editing as I went along, and to just write down the words that were in my head.
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